“I bet you in a heartbeat that when these movies are getting pitched for men, no one's questioning the moral dilemma."Eiza González
”“I think it's funny that the reaction [so far] has been more about people being conflicted about the fact that the women don’t apologize and less about the scam[ming] of old people,” González told Refinery29 on a Zoom call ahead ofI Care A Lot’s weekend premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. “People are just like, They're ruthless. But this is a reality — people are like this. It’s not just men. Women can be, too. Why have we normalized that women have to be apologetic about things?”
“I bet you in a heartbeat that when these movies are getting pitched for men, no one's questioning the moral dilemma,” she continued. “No one cares, everyone is like, yeah men can be like this. As a society we have fully accepted it.”Critics have been raving about Pike’s steelyGone Girl
-like performance as Marla, but equal attention should be paid to González’s more low-key turn. Where Marla is all bold power suits and blunt, clean-cut edges, Fran is softer and messier, the woman who helps to humanize her. With her curly bangs and bomber jackets, she’s also a character unlike any González has ever been able to play before. For Fran, money means freedom to live her life with Marla outside the narrow confines of socially acceptable cookie-cutter norms. For González, who began her acting career in her native country of Mexico, playing Fran meant the freedom to reinvent herself beyond the scope of what Hollywood has imagined her to be capable of thus far. “I struggled slightly with being able to get out of a stereotype or a predetermined idea of who I am as an actress, especially the way that I started my career,” González said. “Fran felt like the complete opposite. I'm usually more of the ruthless character in the movies, and in this she's the heart of this story. She's the grounding character. It allowed me to do things that I hadn't tried before as an actress.”
"The Grand Budapest Hotel." Tilda Swinton spent five hours in the makeup chair to play 84-year-old dowager Madame D. "We're not usually working with a vast, Bruckheimer-type budget on my films, so often we're trying a work-around," said Wes Anderson. "But for the old-age makeup I just said, 'Let's get the most expensive people we can'."
That stereotype she’s referring to is what González calls “the hot Latina.” And though she stresses over and over again that she’s proud of past projects like Baby Driver, Welcome To Marwen, Paradise Hills, and Alita Battle Angel, she does appreciate the opportunity to be seen as more than a one-trick pony.“[Latinx actors] are either the help or the drug dealer,” she said. “It always kind of falls in between these two, and it can become boring. I hate to think about myself simply as a Latina actress, but the industry thinks of you in a certain way. This character is very much a character that any actress could have played. It wasn't necessarily tied to culture or background or any specific ethnicity. And I think that that's kind of the current type of character that I want to be doing, and reading more for.”
"Bridget Jones's Diary." To prepare for the role, Renée Zellweger gained 25 pounds, and then actually worked at a British publishing company for a month in preparation for the role. She adopted an alias as well as her posh accent and was apparently not recognized. On her desk in this office she kept a framed picture of then boyfriend Jim Carrey. Workers who did not recognize her found this to be odd, but never mentioned it to her for fear of embarrassing her.
González specifically emphasized Fran’s appearance in the film as an aspect she was eager to embrace. “She's more deconstructed and careless,” she explained. “The fact that I was able to not wear makeup the whole movie and not worry about beauty and looks… she’s just a real woman. I feel like other women get a lot of opportunities to do that, and I don't feel like I have. It was just exciting that J believed in me. He took the gamble of betting on someone that wasn't necessarily the obvious choice.”
George Lucas’ Dog Inspired Chewbacca. The creator of the Star Wars world would drive around with his large Alaskan Malamute in the front seat of his car, which he described as “bigger than a human being and very long-haired.” The affection he felt for the dog was what gave him the idea for the connection between Han Solo and Chewbacca. (Fun fact: He was named Indiana.)
The production of Disney's film Tangled was more expensive than Avatar's production.
“It's not a conversation about being queer or about being Latinx. It's just proudly being it and not making it a sore thumb that we have to look at.
”Likewise, she appreciates that Fran doesn’t have the kind of arc that Hollywood has stressed in the past when it comes to Latinx characters coming to terms with their sexuality. Fran has no fear of religious or cultural repression, nor does she grapple with potential negative consequences of coming out. Her and Marla’s relationship is simply just another facet making up their complex characters.
"Guardians Of The Galaxy." Chris Pratt apparently stole his Star-Lord costume from the set, for the sole purpose of having it available so he could show up in costume to visit sick children in the hospital, who might want to meet Star-Lord.
“It's not a conversation about being queer or about being Latinx. It's just proudly being it and not making it a sore thumb that we have to look at. By doing that, I feel like you normalize it even more. This movie is about women who are partners. They're trying to build something in a very dark way, but it stems from a good place. So, I want to root for them, but also not root for them.”The response to the film so far has been positive, despite the controversial subject matter. But no matter the reception, González says she considers this the start of a new chapter in her career. “This is the type of role that I want to be doing, and I feel like this is just scratching the surface,” she said. “This is the kind of acting career that I love and feel passionate about.”